Sunderland architects in line for national awards

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ARCHITECTS are dusting off their dinner jackets for two prestigious award ceremonies.

An innovative development designed by Fitz Architects – based at The Place, in Sunniside – has been shortlisted for two major national competitions.

Craig Fitzakerly and Clinton Mysleyko were behind the Sinclair Meadows housing development in Laygate, South Shields, which is the UK’s first carbon negative social housing development.

The first nomination was for Development of the Year (small schemes) in the UK Housing Awards 2013.

The Sinclair Meadows scheme, a development by housing provider Four Housing Group with partners South Tyneside Council and Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, beat off 300 entries to be announced as one of six projects shortlisted.

Prospective residents at Sinclair Meadows attended a training programme to learn about the daily tasks involved in a carbon negative lifestyle.

They included using rainwater to flush toilets, and programming appliances to operate during the day to make the most efficient use of energy from solar panels.

The homes are expected to negate the carbon footprint created by the construction process in less than three years, as the houses generate more electricity than they use from the largest array of solar panels on a domestic development, feeding electricity back into the grid.

The awards, organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing and Inside Housing magazine, recognise outstanding work which improves the lives of people in their communities.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel tomorrow, hosted by Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins.

Craig Fitzakerly, managing director of Fitz Architects, said: “The awards are really important in the industry and it’s great that the scheme is nominated in one of the major categories.

“We really enjoyed working on Sinclair Meadows, it was such an important, innovative scheme.

“There were plenty of challenges to overcome, but the even the nominations are a success.”

The scheme’s second nomination came in the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors North East Renaissance Awards (RICS).

The project has been shortlisted in two RICS categories, design and innovation, and regeneration.

Winners in the regional awards will be entered into the national RICS Awards.

They will be revealed at an awards ceremony hosted by TV’s Restoration Man George Clarke ,at Newcastle Civic Centre on Friday.

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